Suspected drunk driver smashes cars and bike rack near Billings School
Several students in Billings survived a close call on Tuesday afternoon after a suspected drunk driver pulled out several vehicles and a bike rack outside Highland Elementary School.
According to Billings police, it happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and was the culmination of a destructive frenzy that began several blocks away on Delphinium Drive.
Authorities say a 29-year-old woman swerved onto lawns and sidewalks, hitting several vehicles. Police believe the woman was drunk.
Ross Clark was removing snow tires from his truck when he heard the vehicle approaching. He then saw him heading straight for him on his neighbour’s lawn. The truck rammed his vehicle, pushing him across his yard.
“I’m alive. I could have been on all fours to put that last tire on,” Clark said.
The alleged drunk driver hadn’t finished yet.
“She did it again, and that’s when she took off like a rocket,” Clark said.
According to police, the truck continued its destruction several blocks from Highland Elementary School.
The woman reportedly hit several other vehicles outside the school before pulling out a bike rack full of bikes just outside the school gates.
Shara Rose’s 8-year-old son was playing outside of school when it happened.
“He heard everything. He explained everything. He heard every sound,” Rose said. “A lot of cars were hit. Many children are afraid. I really hope this lady gets some help.
No children were hit by the vehicle. Billings police arrived on the scene and detained the woman. Charges have yet to be filed; the name of the suspect has not yet been released.